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Residents voice anger over Lake Placid ER proposal

May 10, 2013

LAKE PLACID — Adirondack Health officials faced a hostile crowd Wednesday at the first of two public meetings on their plan to convert the emergency room at Adirondack Medical Center-Lake......

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MountainGirl

May-18-13 9:31 PM

I have to say as a member of the community for my entire life and an employee at Adirondack Medical Center for the over 11 years nothing has made me as sad as to hear the dissension regarding the state of affairs and choices at Adirondack Health. Times are tough, and the choices are not easy to be sure. Adirondack Health is doing the best they can with the resources they have. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but unfortunately there is a fine line between voicing your opinion and being disrespectful. I realize this is a heated time and topic and there are a lot of emotions involved, as well there should be, but if we can all come to understand that the community and Adirondack Health alike are all looking at having the best care available for everyone involved then perhaps we can come to some sort of happy medium. No one truly knows the financials at Adirondack Health besides those at Adirondack Health. The speculation and rumor mill is rampant and it does nothing for patientcar

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Jonathan

May-18-13 10:30 AM

I am a former resident of the LP area, and am currently a physician. I have been following this debate closely. I personally do not see what the problem is with the LP Emergency department transitioning to an urgent care type setting? It would still allow much of the support of local athletes and visitors. As we all know, much of the ER work is simple primary care type situations anyways.

The biggest thing, is that Adirondack Medical Center is a business and a business MUST be able to pay it's bills. If the hospital can not afford to keep this ER open, because it is loosing money, then they have a right to close in order to pay their bills. What is everyone going to do in 10 years when the hospital as a whole has lost so much money that they have to close the entire hospital system?

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